EP05: Utility Debt Post-COVID & SA Poet Laureate “Vocab”

Deceleration‘s fifth broadcast for the Covid-19 era in San Antonio asks what comes after the pandemic in terms of our City-owned utilities. While shutoff suspensions today are good thing, what happens when the bills come due? Working families already pay more than their share for ill-advised utility investments like the Vista Ridge water pipeline coming online in a few days. How can we change that? And how can San Antonio use clean energy to kickstart our economy while cutting the threat of urban heat island on our most vulnerable? This broadcast is a preview of the “Our Water, Our Power” town hall next week featuring Meredith McGuire, of the Sierra Club; Bill Barker, sustainability and transporation expert; Public Citizen’s DeeDee Belmares; and community advocate Nikki Johnson. You can also catch poetry by San Antonio’s Poet Laureate Andrea “Vocab” Sanderson. As McGuire says in our interview:

“Before COVID-19, most of these low-wage workers were already struggling to pay for rent, utilities, food and medicine, even if they had steady, full-time jobs. Many have now been furloughed or let go. Even if they find work again in two months, there is no way they will be able to pay the utility bills that CPS and SAWS have merely deferred, not canceled.”

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Our Water, Our Power Town Hall
6:30 PM – 7:30 PM CDT
Thu, Apr 16, 2020
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Future guests on this broadcast will include advocates dedicated stopping domestic violence, sharing meditation skills, preparing herbal medicine, and more. … In this period of great upheaval, Deceleration is striving to do our small part to hold community space and power. Join the conversation on Episode Four on the original Facebook post, where our friends and allies were interacting. And please share with others who may be interested. — Greg Harman

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